Meet the 2020 EF Canadian Youth Ambassadors

Meet the 2020 EF Canadian

Youth Ambassadors

Over the next year, these young people will do incredible things. After school, or maybe between part-time jobs or extracurriculars, they’ll be developing a plan to make their ideas a reality.

Along the way, they’ll receive mentorship from MPs, Senators, and other community leaders, and travel to Ottawa to network with their mentors—and head out on an unforgettable journey to Panama. 

Meet the 2020 EF Canadian Youth Ambassadors

Meet the 2020 EF Canadian

Youth Ambassadors

Over the next year, these young people will do incredible things. After school, or maybe between part-time jobs or extracurriculars, they’ll be developing a plan to make their ideas a reality.

Along the way, they’ll receive mentorship from MPs, Senators, and other community leaders, and travel to Ottawa to network with their mentors—and head out on an unforgettable journey to Panama. 

  • All
  • Environment
  • Equality
  • Health
  • Education

Aaron Chonkolay

Trout Lake, NT

Aaron’s idea is to encourage his community to fully convert to renewable energy from diesel-powered electric generators.

Alyssa Gill

Gambo, NL

Alyssa’s idea is to end the stigma surrounding mental health issues and the people who are affected by them.

Carrie Pelkey

Richibucto Road, NB

Carrie’s idea is to create an education program that will spread awareness about learning disabilities and reduce the stigma surrounding them.

Celine Chung

Toronto, ON

Celine’s idea is to build a site that promotes the preservation of the arts through mentorship programs with local artists and crowdfunding for post-secondary education in the arts.

Interested in becoming

an Ambassador?

If you or someone you know is interested in applying next fall, or just want to stay in touch, let us know!

Stay connected

Dayne Stevens

Harris, SK

Dayne’s idea is to create a program that will educate students and spread knowledge about sustainable agriculture.

Emilia Oliver

Timmins, ON

Emilia’s idea is to create a system that removes toxic pollutants from drinking water using biological waste.

Emily Truman

Belle River, ON

Emily’s idea is the Stay Gold Society—a program design to give youth the opportunity to connect with the elderly, bridging the divide between generations.

Emma Craib

Woodstock, NB

Emma’s idea is to increase community education and create additional support for LGBTQIA2+ youth in Canada.

Erik Rothenberger

Port Coquitlam, BC

Erik’s idea is to help minimize food waste generated by large retail grocery stores by organizing a group of volunteers to pick up overstocked, unspoiled food and deliver it to schools, shelters, or churches.

Gabrielle Wood

Stony Plain, AB

Gabrielle’s idea is to create resources and legislation that will decrease the number of teenagers using e-cigarettes.

Grace Nowdluk

Iqaluit, NU

Grace’s idea is to educate people about food insecurity in northern communities and open a bakery that helps provide to those in need.

Hannah Leckie

Brandon, MB

Hannah’s idea is to provide safe support for kids and teens who have someone close to them dealing with a mental illness.

Jessica Gaines

Dartmouth, NS

Jessica’s idea is to help solve the Nova Scotian doctor shortage by implementing preventative health care education in schools as well as create a scholarship program for low-income post-secondary students interested in medicine.

Judy Li

Vancouver, BC

Judy’s idea is to create an e-waste recycling program in high schools across Canada that will spread knowledge about electronic waste, reduce its environmental effects, and encourage Canadian students to take initiative in protecting their future.

Kacylia Roy Proulx

Boucherville, QC

Kacylia's idea is to manufacture and distribute eco-responsible feminine hygiene products to womens’ shelters while raising awareness about this cause to eliminate the taboos regarding this topic in the society.

Kaori Ono

Blyth, ON

Kaori’s idea is to enforce biodegradable alternatives—such as banana leaf plates and bamboo utensils—to the single-use plastics currently in use in school cafeterias.

Kristen Arsenault

Wellington, PE

Kristen’s idea is to create a class dedicated to mental health within the school curriculum to spread awareness and provide support.

Lauren Dibbon

St. John's, NL

Lauren’s idea is to implement a textile upcycling fair in her community to reduce global textile waste.

Lily Reid

Halifax, NS

Lily’s idea is to start the #doyoursharechallenge—a social media challenge designed to engage youth and adults alike in climate change action through local garbage pickup.

Louvia Lamontagne

St-Étienne-de-Bolton, QC

Louvia’s idea is to build wildlife crossings over highways to reduce the mortality rate among animals and ensure greater safety for drivers.

Luca Lundgren

Montreal, QC

Luca’s idea is to create a system that could harness energy from gyms and exercise equipment for use as renewable energy to help combat climate change.

Nate Magnuson

Pitt Meadows, BC

Nate’s idea is to update a decade-old monitoring technology used in his local healthcare system to better patient care and interaction.

Olivia Dey

Oshawa, ON

Olivia’s idea is to empower girls through sports programming and help them build a stronger future.

Prachi Gupta

Winnipeg, MB

Prachi’s idea is to enable and empower Canadians to break the poverty cycle—thereby helping to reduce crime rates and give communities a chance to thrive.

Ramya Chawla

Moose Jaw, SK

Ramya’s idea is to implement proactive measures to help reduce the number of impaired driving incidents across Canada.

Riti Nawroz

Saskatoon, SK

Riti’s idea is to create a three-stage support network for women and non-binary victims of intimate partner violence.

Saakshi Arvikar

Fort McMurray, AB

Saaski’s idea is Advocate 2 Educate—a non-profit, youth-led organization dedicated to collecting school supplies that would otherwise be wasted and recycling them for students in need.

Shreeya Patel

Fort McMurray, AB

Shreeya’s idea is to implement the use of electrical fields to combat fires by charging ions in ash and soot—disturbing the underlying structure and extinguishing the fire.

Taryn Wou

Coquitlam, BC

Taryn’s idea is to combat poverty by hosting free employment skills workshops for the homeless and unemployed that encompass underlying social, environmental, and health themes with access to resources.

Victoria Tweedie-Pitre

Hay River, NT

Victoria’s idea is to spread awareness of substance abuse in northern communities and implement further advertisement for aid and programs available, as well as increase the number of these programs.

Aaron Chonkolay

Trout Lake, NT

Aaron’s idea is to encourage his community to fully convert to renewable energy from diesel-powered electric generators.

Dayne Stevens

Harris, SK

Dayne’s idea is to create a program that will educate students and spread knowledge about sustainable agriculture.

Emilia Oliver

Timmins, ON

Emilia’s idea is to create a system that removes toxic pollutants from drinking water using biological waste.

Erik Rothenberger

Port Coquitlam, BC

Erik’s idea is to help minimize food waste generated by large retail grocery stores by organizing a group of volunteers to pick up overstocked, unspoiled food and deliver it to schools, shelters, or churches.

Judy Li

Vancouver, BC

Judy’s idea is to create an e-waste recycling program in high schools across Canada that will spread knowledge about electronic waste, reduce its environmental effects, and encourage Canadian students to take initiative in protecting their future.

Kacylia Roy Proulx

Boucherville, QC

Kacylia's idea is to manufacture and distribute eco-responsible feminine hygiene products to womens’ shelters while raising awareness about this cause to eliminate the taboos regarding this topic in the society.

Lauren Dibbon

St. John's, NL

Lauren’s idea is to implement a textile upcycling fair in her community to reduce global textile waste.

Lily Reid

Halifax, NS

Lily’s idea is to start the #doyoursharechallenge—a social media challenge designed to engage youth and adults alike in climate change action through local garbage pickup.

Luca Lundgren

Montreal, QC

Luca’s idea is to create a system that could harness energy from gyms and exercise equipment for use as renewable energy to help combat climate change.

Saakshi Arvikar

Fort McMurray, AB

Saaski’s idea is Advocate 2 Educate—a non-profit, youth-led organization dedicated to collecting school supplies that would otherwise be wasted and recycling them for students in need.

Shreeya Patel

Fort McMurray, AB

Shreeya’s idea is to implement the use of electrical fields to combat fires by charging ions in ash and soot—disturbing the underlying structure and extinguishing the fire.

Emily Truman

Belle River, ON

Emily’s idea is the Stay Gold Society—a program design to give youth the opportunity to connect with the elderly, bridging the divide between generations.

Emma Craib

Woodstock, NB

Emma’s idea is to increase community education and create additional support for LGBTQIA2+ youth in Canada.

Grace Nowdluk

Iqaluit, NU

Grace’s idea is to educate people about food insecurity in northern communities and open a bakery that helps provide to those in need.

Olivia Dey

Oshawa, ON

Olivia’s idea is to empower girls through sports programming and help them build a stronger future.

Prachi Gupta

Winnipeg, MB

Prachi’s idea is to enable and empower Canadians to break the poverty cycle—thereby helping to reduce crime rates and give communities a chance to thrive.

Alyssa Gill

Gambo, NL

Alyssa’s idea is to end the stigma surrounding mental health issues and the people who are affected by them.

Gabrielle Wood

Stony Plain, AB

Gabrielle’s idea is to create resources and legislation that will decrease the number of teenagers using e-cigarettes.

Hannah Leckie

Brandon, MB

Hannah’s idea is to provide safe support for kids and teens who have someone close to them dealing with a mental illness.

Jessica Gaines

Dartmouth, NS

Jessica’s idea is to help solve the Nova Scotian doctor shortage by implementing preventative health care education in schools as well as create a scholarship program for low-income post-secondary students interested in medicine.

Kristen Arsenault

Wellington, PE

Kristen’s idea is to create a class dedicated to mental health within the school curriculum to spread awareness and provide support.

Nate Magnuson

Pitt Meadows, BC

Nate’s idea is to update a decade-old monitoring technology used in his local healthcare system to better patient care and interaction.

Riti Nawroz

Saskatoon, SK

Riti’s idea is to create a three-stage support network for women and non-binary victims of intimate partner violence.

Victoria Tweedie-Pitre

Hay River, NT

Victoria’s idea is to spread awareness of substance abuse in northern communities and implement further advertisement for aid and programs available, as well as increase the number of these programs.

Carrie Pelkey

Richibucto Road, NB

Carrie’s idea is to create an education program that will spread awareness about learning disabilities and reduce the stigma surrounding them.

Celine Chung

Toronto, ON

Celine’s idea is to build a site that promotes the preservation of the arts through mentorship programs with local artists and crowdfunding for post-secondary education in the arts.

Kaori Ono

Blyth, ON

Kaori’s idea is to enforce biodegradable alternatives—such as banana leaf plates and bamboo utensils—to the single-use plastics currently in use in school cafeterias.

Louvia Lamontagne

St-Étienne-de-Bolton, QC

Louvia’s idea is to build wildlife crossings over highways to reduce the mortality rate among animals and ensure greater safety for drivers.

Ramya Chawla

Moose Jaw, SK

Ramya’s idea is to implement proactive measures to help reduce the number of impaired driving incidents across Canada.

Taryn Wou

Coquitlam, BC

Taryn’s idea is to combat poverty by hosting free employment skills workshops for the homeless and unemployed that encompass underlying social, environmental, and health themes with access to resources.

Interested in becoming an Ambassador?

If you or someone you know is interested in applying next fall,

or just want to stay in touch, let us know!

Stay connected

Interested in becoming an Ambassador?

If you or someone you know is interested in applying next fall, or just want to stay in touch, let us know!

Stay connected

We're here to help. Call us:

Teachers and Group Leaders

1-800-387-1460

Students and Parents

1-800-263-2806

We're here to help. Call us:

Teachers and Group Leaders

1-800-387-1460

Students and Parents

1-800-263-2806

Careers at EF

View Opportunities

Resources

Stay Connected


Careers at EF

View Opportunities

Resources

Stay Connected